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Top Events of 2012

Top Events of 2012Happy new year!! It’s that time of year where we reflect upon the past year and start looking toward the future.  Confucius once said, “Study the past if you wish to define the future….”.  With that in mind we will look at some of the top ticketed events in 2012 and analyze what it means for 2013.  If 2013 is anything like 2012 be sure to start marketing top pop and country performers and be on the look out for growing segments of the like electronic/techno music and international soccer.  Also don’t forget about popular, yet under-marketed sports like NASCAR.

Top Events of 2012

1.  One Direction

There is no denying the fact that One Direction dominated the event ticket market in 2012.  In 2013 expect that trend to continue as their 2013 tour is sold out across the world.  That means that fans will be looking to the secondary ticket market to secure tickets to their concerts.  Although selling One Direction tickets is extremely competitive, you can make inroads by focusing on niche tickets (e.g. front row, meet and greet, VIP, etc.).

2.  International Soccer

We had to lump a few events here to have these international soccer matches come in at number 2 but there is no denying that soccer is growing as a sport in the U.S.  2012 saw a lot of matches between some of the most popular soccer clubs in the world and several MLS teams.  In 2013 keep your eye out for these international friendlies featuring teams like FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid, AC Milan, Chelsea, Liverpool, as well as the US, Mexico, and Canadian National Teams.

3. Electronic Music

Another fast growing segment of the event ticket industry is electronic or techno music.  It was a really good year for artists such as Skrillex, Deadmau5, Swedish House Mafia, Amon Tobin, Avicii, Steve Aoki, Girl Talk, Bassnectar, DJ Tiesto and Pretty Lights.  Look out for performances by any of these artists in 2013 including some of the popular electronic music festivals.

4. Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson’s 2012 Stronger Tour was a smashing success.  While Kelly has not announced any major tour plans for 2013 she will be playing with Jason Aldean at his special Wrigley Field concert.  If Ms. Clarkson’s popularity has taught us anything it’s that performers who can bridge genres (country and pop in particular) seem to do extremely well.  As such we expect Taylor Swift to have a huge 2013.

5.  Jason Aldean

Jason Aldean is one of the hottest country music performers around right now.  He had a fantastic 2012 that began with the tail leg of his 2012 My Kinda Party Tour and ended with the announcement of his 2013 Night Train Tour.  2013 should be another big year for Mr. Aldean as his solo stadium tours including a show at Fenway Park have already sold out.

6. NASCAR

It’s no secret that NASCAR is one of the most popular sports in the US.  However, most event ticket marketers ignore that sport for some reason.  The sport should continue to grow in 2013- especially the Sprint Cup Series.  Some of the more popular races include the Daytona 500, Food City 500, Samsung 500, Sprint Showdown and All-Star Race XXVIII, Coca-Cola 600, Bank of America 500, Brickyard 400 and the AAA Texas 500.

7.  Taylor Swift

What is remarkable about Taylor Swift’s appearance at #7 is that she was only relevant for the last few months of the year following the announcement of her 2013 Red Tour.  Taylor Swift’s popularity across multiple genres and age groups gives her a shot at challenging One Direction for the top spot in 2013.

8.  Eric Chruch

Country music’s Eric Church saw his star climb to new heights in 2012 with his solo Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. 2013 should be just as good as Eric Church will continue his solo tour through february before joining Kenny Chesney on his No Shoes Nation Tour.  Country music appears to be here to stay so be sure to be on the lookout for the next big thing.

9.  Notre Dame Football

While college football is always a steady performer, usually a team comes from no where to capture the attention of the nation.  This year it was Notre Dame who came out of nowhere to become the #1 team in the Nation and earn a trip to the BCS Championship game.  For 2013 keep an eye out for Texas A&M as freshman Heisman Trophy winner Johnny “Football” Manziel will be getting them lots of national attention.

10.  Justin Bieber 

Justin Bieber coming in at #10 is a bit of a surprise.  While just making the top ten is an achievement, many expected the Biebs to performer better.   It just goes to show you how quickly a pop-star can fade and be replaced- especially the young ones.  A lesson for 2013…jump on the next teen pop sensation early!

This top 10 list is compiled from internal search data from Tickifieds.com and organic traffic from search engines.  Search terms are ranked by using a combination of both sources of search data.

Top Weekend Events – October 14th – 16th

Welcome to your Top Weekend Events list for this upcoming weekend!  Obviously NCAA football dominates this list again, but a couple other evens managed to sneak up in there.

First of the non-college football variety is the Honda SuperClasico match featuring the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team vs. Chivas USA.  The Galaxy is currently the MLS Western Conference regular season champs. Chivas has a slightly less than stellar record.  This should be an exciting game, but it is expected that the Galaxy to win.

Two major NFL teams also face off this weekend; the Dallas Cowboys vs. the New England Patriots.  The Patriots have really proven themselves to be a top notch team once again, so even if the Cowboys have put everything into preparing for this game, the Pats are still expected to come out on top.

The top college football game for this weekend is the Auburn vs. Florida game.   While both teams lost last weekend (to Arkansas and LSU respectively), both teams are expected to bounce back for an exciting game as these two teams are equally matched.

The Longhorns had a tough go of it last weekend against the Sooners last weekend.  Unfortunately, they’re not expected to do much better against the other Oklahoma team this weekend either, the Cowboys.  OK State is averaging over 50 points a game.

The Baylor Bears vs. Texas A&M Aggies will be another well matched and exciting game.  Last year, the Aggies came out on top, but perhaps this will be the Bears year.  Additionally, the South Carolina Gamecocks vs. Mississippi State Bulldogs is another very evenly matched game.

 

Top Weekend Events 10/14 – 10/16/2011

1.)    Auburn vs. Florida, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL – Saturday, October 15th

2.)    Texas vs. Oklahoma State, DKR Stadium, Austin, TX – Saturday, October 15th

3.)    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina, Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS – Saturday, October 15th

4.)    Baylor vs. Texas A&M, Kyle Field, College Station, TX – Saturday, October 15th

5.)    Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Chivas USA, Home Depot Center, Carson, CA – Sunday, October 16th

6.)    Arizona State vs. Oregon, Autzen Stadium, Eugene, OR – Saturday, October 15th

7.)    Cowboys vs. Patriots, Gillette Stadium, Boston, MA  – Sunday, October 16th

8.)    Northwestern vs. Iowa, Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA – Saturday, October 15th

9.)    Navy vs. Rutgers, Rutgers Stadium, East Brunswick, NJ – Saturday, October 15th

10.) Florida State vs. Duke, Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC – Saturday, October 15th  

Top Weekend Events August 26 – 28

Happy Hump Day to you!

The trend for this weekend is Country Music!!  In particular interest are the Jason Aldean shows.  I can’t begin to say how many queries I’ve fielded about these two particular shows specifically.  This man’s shows are hot!  Fans are anxious to get their hands on tickets, ideally, lawn seats.

The American Idol shows also have a heavy fan following.  Past season’s winner country music singer, Scotty McCreary, headlines the show. His other top ten performers; Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia.

You should be used to seeing Kenny Chesney, ZBB and Keith Urban on the list by now.  American fans want to soak up the last bits of summer while they are able.  Country music should continue to be popular into early fall.

The Licking River Festival is a weekend of Americana/roots music,  food and drinks out in Kentucky which is big with the camping crowd.  The Festival will feature Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band and 20 other performers.

Two MLS soccer games made the list this weekend.  The Colorado Rapids at the Chicago Fire’s home turf and the Sounders against the Crew.  Interesting point of interest; the Sounder’s majority owner is Hollywood producer Joe Roth, and its minority owners are Adrian Hanauer, Paul Allen and Drew Carey. Keep your eye on other MLS soccer games.  The MLS season goes through October and the games are usually well priced!

 

Top Weekend Events August 26 – 28th

1.)    Jason Aldean, First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, PA – Friday, August 26th

2.)    American Idols Live, Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI – Saturday, August 27th

3.)   Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA – Saturday, August 27th

4.)    Huey Lewis & the News, Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA – Friday, August 26th

5.)    Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids, Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL – Saturday, August 27th

6.)    Licking River Music Festival, Thorn Hill Farm, Morning View, KY – Friday, August 26th

7.)    Seattle Sounders vs. Cincinnati Crew, Qwest Field, Seattle, WA – Saturday, August 27th

8.)    Jason Aldean, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre,  Tinley Park, IL – Saturday, August 27th

9.)    Keith Urban, Bancorp South Center, Tupelo, MS – Friday, August 26th

10.) Alison Krauss, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN – Saturday, August 27th

Top Weekend Events August 19-21

Hello Wednesday!

First and foremost, I’d like to extend my condolences to the families affected by the collapsed stage at the Sugarland show at the Indiana State Fair.  You’re in our thoughts!

Not to be totally glossed over, but there do seem to be a few other state fair concerts on the list for this week.  While last week’s concert was surely a tragedy, it was a sad, but extremely rare occurrence.  Train and Lady Antebellum will both be performing at the Iowa and Indiana State Fairs respectively.

Other county music stars will be hitting the stage this weekend with huge fan interest.  Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band are high again on the list with their summery sound.  Ms. Taylor Swift is once again on the list as well with her Speak Now tour which continues and will continue to draw a lot of interest.  Rascal Flatts, while always popular, seems to be getting even more popular these days.

Justin Beiber’s better half, Selena Gomez, takes the top spot for the weekend.   Selena Gomez and The Scene (the rest of her band) recently took home accolades from the RIAA for their song “Who Says” which went platinum.  The girl can sing!  Her days on Disney’s the Wizards of Wavery Place, dating the Bieb as well as her throngs of pre-tween fans can’t hurt either.

Old rivals the Chicago Cubs vs. the St. Louis Cardinals face off again this weekend.  Both teams have die-hard loyal fans, but sadly, the Cardinals have more World Series wins over the Cubbies.

And finally, once again the MLS has made another appearance on the top weekend events list.  The Houston Dynamo Soccer team will take on the Real Salt Lake.  Keep your eye out for MLS games!

Top Weekend Events August 19th – 21st

1.)    Selena Gomez, PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ – Saturday, August 20th

2.)    St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Friday, August 19th

3.)    Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Ford Field, Detroit, MI – Saturday, August 20th

4.)    Train, Iowa State Fair Grandstand, Des Moines, IA – Friday, August 19th

5.)    Houston Dynamo, Robertson Stadium, Houston, TX – Saturday, August 20th

6.)    Lady Antebellum, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN – Friday, August 19th

7.)    St. Louis Cardinals vs. Chicago Cubs, Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL – Sunday, August 21st

8.)    Sade, Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA – Friday, August 19th

9.)    Taylor Swift, Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB – Friday, August 19th

10.) Rascal Flatts, 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre, Tampa, FL – Friday, August 19th

Top Weekend Events 8/12-14

The weekend is almost here, hooray!  It’s felt like a long week already.

The top half of the list is comprised of nationally recognized top acts.  Kid Rock has been absent from the top weekend event list for a while, but he’s finally making a comeback with a hometown concert.  Katy Perry holds the second spot on the list with her Teenage Dream tour.  Her most recent hit songs “Firework” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)” are still blazing on the airways and every talent show that’s on TV right now.  Seriously, her songs have been featured on America’s Got Talent, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance (SYTYCD) and others all within the past few weeks.  Her song popularity rivals Lady Gaga.

Britney Spears’ Toronto show was pinged a number of times in this top weekend list.  This is a HOT concert.  Her Femme Fatale show is continuing to draw huge crowds.

Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band (ZBB) seem like they’re the official voices of summer with their great summer songs like “Knee Deep” and “Flip Flop Summer”.  They pretty much scream hanging out around a campfire, drinking beer and hanging out with your friends.

Some of the lesser known names to hit the list include country music artist Jamey Johnson.  He is also the supporting act for Kid Rock’s 2011 Born Free tour and accompanying Rock on a duet or more most of the time.  His most popular song “In Color” peaked at #9 on the Country Music Charts in 2009.   Alison Krauss is a blue-grass-country singer, songwriter and fiddler. She’s currently working on an album with Robert Plant.  She’s been in the music business a long time and has been collecting accolades ever since.

As proof of the increasing popularity of Major League Soccer in the United States, The Columbus Crew makes their first appearance on the list.  The Crew is one of ten charter clubs of MLS, having competed in the league since its inception in 1994.  They have won five major trophies; MLS Cup 2008, the 2004, 2008 and 2009 Supporters’ Shields, and the 2002 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup

Overall, this should be a very interesting weekend.  Enjoy!

Top Weekend Events 08/12 – 14th

1.)   Kid Rock, Comerica Park, Detroit, MI – Friday, August 12th

2.)    Katy Perry, Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara, CA – Sunday, August 14th

3.)    Britney Spears, Air Canada Center, Toronto, OT – Saturday, August 13th

4.)    Kenny Chesney and Zac Brown Band, Meadowlands Stadium,  East Rutherford, NJ – Saturday, August 13th

5.)    Peter Frampton, Chateau Ste Michelle Winery, Woodinville, WA – Friday, August 12th

6.)    Jamey Johnson, West Virginia Fairgrounds, Lewisburg, WV – Friday, August 12th

7.)    Alison Krauss, North Charleston Performing Arts Center, Charleston, SC – Sunday, August 14th

8.)   Kesha, Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, OT – Sunday, August 14th

9.)    Columbus Crew , Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH – Saturday, August 13th

10.) Stevie Nicks, Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie, TX – Friday, August 12th